• Research Project Manager

    Job Division Guardian Glass
    REF. 2017-1381
    Strategy & Business Development
  • Overview

    Guardian Industries, a global company headquartered in Auburn Hills, Michigan, employs around 17,000 people and operates facilities throughout North America, Europe, South America, Africa, the Middle East and Asia. Guardian’s diverse group of companies are involved in the manufacture of high-performance float, coated and fabricated glass products; the manufacture of high-quality chrome-plated and painted plastic components for the automotive and commercial truck industries; and the distribution of specialty building products. Guardian’s vision is to create value for customers and society through constant innovation using fewer resources. A wholly-owned subsidiary of Koch Industries, Guardian is an innovation driven company offering tremendous career growth opportunities through our signature culture of Market Based Management (MBM). For more information, visit


    We have an exciting opportunity for a Research Project Manager at our Science and Technology Center in in the Detroit metro area. The successful candidate for this position will be a principled entrepreneur with a proven track record of leading projects through each critical stage gate phase through to commercialization.

    As an Research Project Manager, you will work as a Project Manager (individual contributor) responsible for leading two to three product and/or process development projects. The projects will involve technical uncertainty and organizational complexity.  This role requires a good balance of the following critical competencies: project management, people management, communication and leadership.



    Required Experiences:


    • 7 years of project management experience demonstrating proven success as a Project Manager in Research and Development or start up environment.
    • Ability to identify the critical technical problems/Challenges. Good judgment in identification and selection of technical path and the appropriate depth of research needed for project success.
    • Can quickly establish technical credibility and presence both internally and with customers.
    • Contributes to building a strong IP portfolio
    • PMP (Project Management Professional) Certification desired, but not required


    Project Management:

    • Defines project goals and deliverables in alignment with business objectives.
    • Ability to prioritize and set realistic timeframes for deliverables. Identifies risks and sets mitigation actions.
    • Balance high technical quality with the practicality of execution and timing. Understands when the details add value and when they do not.
    • Organizational skills -- keeps the project team focused, tracks progress, and makes timely adjustments.
    • Ensures the team members have clear, written goals and objectives that are aligned with the project and agreed with the team member and his/her supervisor.



    • Takes ownership and responsibility for the project success. Drives project forward to results.
    • High level of personal motivation and accountability.
    • Engage effectively with all levels of the organization. Builds and maintains the relationships needed for effective communication and alignment.
    • Makes decisions that demonstrate good judgment and take into consideration the input of others.
    • Demonstrates the willingness and ability to make decisions and take risks without having 100% certainty.
    • Effectively deals with ambiguity from both a business and R&D perspective.
    • Ability to influence without authority.



    • A bachelor’s degree in a technical field (i.e., Engineering, Physics, etc.). MS or PhD preferred.
    • Professional certification in Program Management (i.e., PMP or equivalent) strongly preferred.




    What do we have to offer?

    If you have been looking for an environment where people are valued, entrepreneurial spirit is boundless and opportunities for success are based on merit, and if you want to add value to your company, then Guardian Industries Corp. may be the place for you.


    Guardian offers competitive compensation and a wide variety of benefits including health/dental/life insurance, prescription coverage, paid vacation and holidays, and a 401 (k) with a $1 for $1 match up to 7%. For more information about Guardian Industries LLC., visit us at


    For information on the expansion of Guardian's Science and Technology Center, please visit:


    For information on our foundational MBM Leadership philosophy, visit:   



    Guardian Industries LLC. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  





    For more information about Guardian Industries Corp., visit us at

    Guardian Industries Corp. is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  




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